FAITHLESSNESS is something I never want to be known for. The first generation of freed Israelites are characterized as being faithless. Numbers 14:33 states, “…they (your children) will pay for your faithlessness, until the last of you lies dead in the wilderness.”
What did faithlessness look like for the generation of Israelites who chose to turn away from the Promised Land?
- They did not believe that God was good — especially after their Egyptian slavery of 400 years.
- They overlooked the promises God had made to them years before, such as those to Abraham and his descendants, “I will make you a great nation” and “I will give you this land.”
- They were suspect of the miracles God had performed on their behalf (the 10 plagues of Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea, water in the wilderness, etc.).
- They chose to continue life as the victims they were rather than the victors God intended to make them.
- They chose a familiar bondage over an unfamiliar freedom.
- They wouldn’t believe that they could have a life as good as what God told them they would have.
- They lived by human intuition rather than by divine guidance.
As I was jotting down this non-exaustive list, I was humbled by the fact that these “bullet points” are a part of my life way too often. How I long to live every day in the arena of faith rather than faithlessness. After all, “without faith, it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God.”